EUROPE/SPAIN - Bishop of Cadiz y Ceuta asks each parish to engage in a work of mercy

Wednesday, 9 December 2015 pity   evangelization   local churches  

Cadiz (Agenzia Fides) - Every parish or religious community has a challenge over the next twelve months. The Bishop of the Diocese of Cadiz y Ceuta, His Exc. Mgr. Rafael Zornoza Boy, has asked every parish to assume a commitment to a particular work of charity, on the occasion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, opened in Rome by Pope Francis.
In a pastoral letter written on the occasion of the Jubilee, also sent to Fides, Mgr. Zornoza recommended: "Carry out charity works with even more love than usual, like visiting the sick, in hospitals and at home, caring for the elderly, visiting them in their homes, talking to them, taking them out for a walk, accompany women who have had abortions with mercy, trying to heal their psychological wounds; have a serious commitment with regards to the activities of the parish Caritas, in food dispensaries, etc...".
The diocesan Caritas is closely involved with migrants. The situation in southern Spain is becoming very tense for the continuous attempts of entry by African groups. In 2014, 11,146 people (from the "southern border") arrived. More than 20,000 people, always in 2014, tried to enter Ceuta and Melilla, but only 2,300 managed (see Fides 03/10/2015). The Diocese of Cadiz y Ceuta, due to its geographical position is the diocese in Spain which has had the highest number of migrants. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 09/12/2015)